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Our Negotiations for the Local Tax in Vienna
Regretfully, we have learned that the City of Vienna has prematurely broken off negotiations on the automated collection of local taxes via our platform. With a corresponding agreement, Airbnb would have automatically collected the tourism tax from the guest when booking and paid it to the City of Vienna. This would have meant less administrative work for both our host community and the city. Back in 2016, we offered to collect the tourism levy on behalf of our hosts in the City of Vienna. Immediately after the change of the Tourism Promotion Act we renewed said offer, and were in constructive negotiations for months. Therefore, we cannot understand the sudden termination of these negotiations. All the differences that the City of Vienna cited as reasons for the termination are bridgeable ones for Airbnb. We have communicated this to the city administration.
Important update for home sharers across Ireland
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has announced new proposals for short-term lettings regulations. Airbnb supports the legitimisation of home sharing worldwide and has long called for fair and proportionate rules for home sharing which will offer clarity to the host community across Ireland. However, it is not clear how the proposed set of restrictive regulations addresses the government’s housing concerns.
Privacy Principles For A Modern National Regulatory Framework
There are a range of strong privacy, data security, consumer protection, and anti-discrimination laws that exist today. These include Section 5 of the FTC Act and the Clayton Act, as well as more than 15 other federal statutes and implementing regulations that are sector specific or relate to particular activities. Additionally, there are myriad state laws relating to privacy and data security, enforced by state attorneys general or private litigants, including state data breach notification statutes and unfair and deceptive acts and practices statutes; data security and encryption laws; and a variety of other privacy laws that relate to online privacy, social security numbers, and data brokers. Our member companies comply with these current laws as well as with self-regulatory principles and rules that govern how they operate and do business. However, this array of laws also creates a “patchwork” effect that complicate compliance efforts and lead to inconsistent experiences for individuals.
In the Matter of Rural Call Completion
The FCC's rural call completion data collection, reporting and retention requirements not only are ineffective at addressing alleged rural call completion problems, but also involve substantial compliance costs, and should accordingly be eliminated.
A Shameful Sugar Policy
Despite the popularized image of the United States as a bastion of capitalism and free trade, the price of sugar and its production are determined in this country as much by bureaucrats and politicians as by consumers and producers. The end result is domestic sugar prices that are typically twice those of the world sugar market. We have, in effect, the absurd situation in which the federal government, the country’s lead enforcer in halting anti-competitive actions, simultaneously finds itself in the position of cartel ringleader. As much as U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, seek to portray the United States as a free trade exemplar beset by trading partners engaged in practices that are supposedly neither fair nor reciprocal, the sugar program exposes this rhetoric as at best overwrought. How can the United States bemoan closed foreign agriculture markets when it engages in such protectionism in the same sector? According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, the removal of import restrictions would produce average annual welfare gains of $342.7 million, while economist Michael K. Wohlgenant of North Carolina State University has calculated that the artificially high cost of U.S. sugar imposes an average burden on consumers of $2.4 billion per year — a benefit to producers of $1.4 billion per year — with a resulting net cost of $1 billion.
FDA Tobacco E-Cig Regulations
The FDA has proposed a massive, overreaching “tobacco” rule to impose expensive and burdensome regulations on small businesses in the e-cigarette, cigar and vaping industries. This expensive and time-consuming approval process would take 5,000 hours to complete and cost $330,000 per product – at minimum! This requirement alone would effectively ban 98.5 percent of all e-cigarettes on the market today. It would also devastate the 85,000 manufacturing jobs in the cigar industry. While large manufacturers may be able to afford the costs of this new regulation, many family-owned businesses cannot. Finally, while this rule claims to be a “tobacco rule,” the inclusion of vaping products proves otherwise. Vaping products contain no tobacco.
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